Liquid Hydrogen ship
News & Analysis

Green hydrogen is coming – and Australia’s regions could thrive on a new export industry

- January 21, 2022 4 MIN READ

You might remember hearing a lot about green hydrogen last year, as global pressure mounted on Australia to take stronger action on climate change ahead of the COP26 Glasgow summit last November. The government predicts green hydrogen exports and domestic use could be worth up to A$50 billion within 30 years, helping the world achieve… Read more »

News & Analysis

Powerflop: A cautionary tale about the dangers of selling your impact heart

- December 9, 2021 3 MIN READ

Welcome to Giant Leap’s Small Steps, a newsletter offering global insights and news on the impact startups landscape. We’ll be sharing an edited version with Startup Daily readers every fortnight. Giant Leap is Australia’s first impact venture fund, and they use this newsletter to surface the ideas and businesses that intrigue and inspire them and… Read more »

News & Analysis

Monash Uni spin-out creating ‘green’ fertiliser raises $2.5 million seed round

- December 1, 2021 2 MIN READ

Ammonia is the world’s most important fertiliser, improving crop yields to feed the planet, but producing it is incredibly energy intensive. A new startup, Jupiter Ionics, emerging from  Monash University’s Technology Precinct, has found a way to produce ‘green’ ammonia. Scientists at Monash University, led by chemistry professor Doug MacFarlane, have developed a process similar… Read more »

Tesla
News & Analysis

Queensland researchers are investigating whether connecting Teslas to the grid could be used to power your neighbourhood

- November 17, 2021 2 MIN READ

Researchers at the University of Queensland (UQ) will conduct a world-first global trial to see if the spare battery capacity in electric vehicles (EV) could support the local electricity grid, and potentially power homes. UQ has partnered with analytics platform Teslascope to recruit Tesla owners internationally to take part in the study examining car use and… Read more »

Novalith, Steven Vassiloudis
News & Analysis

Lithium extraction startup Novalith raises $2.5 million seed round

- October 26, 2021 2 MIN READ

Novalith Technologies, a climate technology startup that’s developed a more environmentally friendly extraction process for lithium, has raised $2.5 million in a seed round. The raise was led by the CEFC’s Clean Energy Innovation Fund, which contributed $1.5 million. The US-based Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust’s Neglected Climate Opportunities LLC also joined the round. Novalith… Read more »

Mike Cannon-Brookes
Renewables

Mike & Annie Cannon-Brookes just turned Grok Ventures into Australia’s first $1 billion VC fund to invest in climate tech

- October 21, 2021 2 MIN READ

Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes and his wife Annie have turned their private investment firm, Grok Ventures, into the country’s first $2 billion venture capital fund with a pledge to invest that figure into climate change-focused companies. Cannon-Brookes, estimated to be Australia’s third richest person with a personal fortune of around $33.5 billion, went public today… Read more »

5b solar panels
News & Analysis

Sun Cable’s giant solar farm in the NT, backed by Mike Cannon-Brookes and Andrew Forrest, is now a $30 billion project

- September 24, 2021 2 MIN READ

The value a massive solar farm in the Northern Territory designed to supply power to Singapore, has increased by $8 billion to $30 billion in the wake of approval by the Indonesian Government to run the cable through its waters. The Sun Cable Australia-Asia PowerLink (AAPowerLink) project has some high profile backers, including Atlassian co-founder… Read more »

Monash Energy team
News & Analysis

SUGAR RUSH: Scientists solved a major battery problem with glucose so an EV can run non-stop Sydney to Melbourne

- September 13, 2021 2 MIN READ

A team of researchers from the Monash Energy Institute has created a longer-lasting, lighter, more sustainable rival to commonly used lithium-ion batteries by adding sugar to lithium sulfur batteries. The increase in performance is so dramatic it has the potential to give an electric vehicle to 1000km range – enough to travel  from Melbourne to… Read more »

Nissan Leaf
News & Analysis

NSW will waive stamp duty on buying EVs and offer $3000 rebates – and wants the government fleet to be 100% electric by 2030

- June 20, 2021 3 MIN READ

Stamp duty waived on EVs priced under $78,000 from Sept 1 $3,000 rebate on 25,000 EVs priced under $68,750 $171 million for new charging infrastructure The NSW government will waive stamp duty for electric vehicles (EVs) costing less than $78,000 and offer $3,000 rebates to 25,000 people who buy a battery and hydrogen fuel cell… Read more »

News & Analysis

South Australia is getting an even bigger ‘Big Battery’ in a massive national roll out of storage capacity

- January 25, 2021 3 MIN READ

Electricity generator and retailer AGL has short listed two major global energy storage companies to supply a huge battery system at a South Australian power station that will be more than twice the size of Tesla’s original 100 megawatt ‘Big Battery’ commissioned in the state’s Mid North in 2017. The Australian energy utility today announced… Read more »

News & Analysis

Victoria is stealing the Tesla Big Battery title from South Australia

- November 5, 2020 2 MIN READ

Victoria is planning to build a 300 megawatt Tesla battery near Geelong, snatching the title for the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest battery from South Australia. French renewable energy company Neoen will pay for construction of the lithium-ion battery, as well its ongoing operation and maintenance, Victorian energy minister Lily D’Ambrosio announced today. The 300MW battery will be… Read more »